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RAILLERY
LIGHTHEARTED JESTING
RAFFISH
LOW, VULGAR, BASE, TAWDRY
RAMIFY
TO BE DIVIDED OR SUBDIVIDED; TO BRANCH OUT
RAMPANT
REARING UP ON HIND LEGS; UNRESTRAINED
RARIFY
TO MAKE THIN, LESS DENSE, REFINE “gases condense when cooled and rarefy when heated” “air at high elevation rarefies, making it difficult to breathe”
RATIONCINATION
METHODICAL, LOGICAL REASONING
RAVENING
RAPACIOUS; SEEKING PREY
RAVENING
RAPACIOUS; SEEKING PREY
RAW
VULGAR
REACTIONARY
OPPOSING PROGRESS
REBARBATIVE
IRRITATING, REPELLANT
REBUFF
BLUNT REJECTION
RECAST
CAST OR FASHION ANEW
RECOMPENSE
MAKE PAYMENT TO, REWARD
RECONNOITER
MAKE A PERLIMINARY INSPECTION OF “reconnoiter the area for a good camp site”
RECREANCY
COWARDICE, GIVING UP
REDOUBTABLE
AWE-INSPIRING, WORTHY OF HONOR “he came from a redoubtable family”
REDRESS
RELIEF FROM WRONG OR INJURY
REJOINDER
RESPONSE
REPINE
AT: BE DISCONTENTED WITH FOR: TO LONG FOR
RELEGATE
TO FORCIBLY ASSIGN, ESP. TO A LOWER PLACE OR POSITION
RENASCENT
REBORN, COMING INTO BEING AGAIN
RENEGADE
TRAITOR, PERSON ABANDONING A CAUSE
RENITENT
RESISTING PRESSURE, OBSTINATE
REPREHEND
TO CRITICIZE
REPREHENSIBLE
DISRESPECTFUL, BLAMEWORTHY
REPUDIATE
DISOWN, REFUSE TO ACCEPT OR PAY “the psychic repudiated her claims when it became obvious her client had not won the lottery”
To reject the validity or authority of: “Chaucer... not only came to doubt the worth of his extraordinary body of work, but repudiated it” (Joyce Carol Oates).
To reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust: repudiated the accusation.
To refuse to recognize or pay: repudiate a debt.
To disown (a child, for example).
To refuse to have any dealings with.
REQUITE
GIVE IN RETURN, REPAY
RESTIVE
REFUSING TO MOVE; RELUCTANT TO BE CONTROLLED, IMPATIENT, UNEASY, RESTLESS
RETIRING
SHY, MODEST, RESERVED
RETRENCH
CUT DOWN, REDUCE, OMIT, ECONOMIZE
REGROUP, REORGANIZE
REVILE
TO CRITICIZE WITH HARSH LANGUAGE, VERBALLY ABUSE
RHEUMY
PERTAINING TO A DISCHARGE FROM NOSE AND EYES
RIDDLE
TO PUT MANY HOLES IN, PERMEATE
RISIBLE
INCLINED TO LAUGH, LUDICROUS
RIVET
FIX, TAKE UP, SECURE; METAL PIN (EX-RIVETING)
ROAN
BROWN MIXED WITH GREY OR WHITE
ROIL
TO DISTURB OR CAUSE DISORDER
RUBICUND
HAVING A HEALTHY REDDISH COLOR; RUDDY; FLORID
ROSEATE
OPTIMISTIC
RUTH
MERCY
SACERDOTAL
PRIESTLY
SAFFRON
ORANGE-COLORED; COLORED LIKE THE AUTUMN CROCUS
SALUTARY
WHOLESOME, CAUSING IMPROVEMENT
SANCTIMONY
SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, HYPOCRITICAL, WITH FALSE PIETY
SCRIVENER
PROFESSIONAL COPYIST
SCRUPULOUS
RESTRAINED, CAREFUL AND PRECISE
SCURRILOUS
VULGAR, LOW, INDECENT
SCURVY
MEAN, CONTEMPTIBLE
SEDULITY
CONCENTRATION OR BLATANT ATTENTIVENESS
SEPULCHRAL
TYPICAL OF A PLACE OF BURIAL
SERAPHIC
ANGELIC, PURE, SUBLIME
SERE
MAKE HARD AND WITHOUT FEELING , WITHERED
SERMON
REPROVING A PERSON FOR HIS FAULTS
SHIRK
AVOID A TASK DUE TO LAZINESS OR FEAR
SIDLE
TO CAUSE TO TURN SIDEWAYS, TO MOVE ALONG ONE SIDE
SINGULAR
EXCEPTIONAL, UNUSUAL, ODD
SINUOUS
WINDING, DEVIOUS
SKEIN
A BUNCH OF YARN
SKIFF
SMALL BOAT
SLAKE
TO CALM DOWN OR MODERATE
SLATE
PROPOSE; CRITICIZE
SLIPSHOD
CARELESS, HASTY
SOBRIQUET
NICKNAME
SOLECISM
GRAMMATICAL MISTAKE
SOLICITOUS
CONCERNED AND ATTENTIVE, EAGER
SOLIPCISM
BELIEF THAT THE SELF IS THE ONLY TRUE REALITY
SPATE
A SUDDEN OUTPOURING
SQUAT
CROUCH/SETTLE WITHOUT PERMISSION
STAID
SELF-RESTRAINED TO THE POINT OF DULLNESS
STAND
A GROUP OF TREES
STATELY
GRAND, UNAPPROACHABLE
STENTORIAN
EXTREMELY LOUD AND POWERFUL
STILTED
STIFF, UNNATURAL
STRICTURE
SOMETHING THAT RESTRAINS, NEGATIVE CRITICISM
STRIPLING
AN ADOLESCENT BOY
STULTIFY
TO IMPAIR OR REDUCE TO USELESSNESS
SUBLIMATE
TO REPRESS IMPULSES
SUBORN
INDUCE BY BRIBERY OR SMTH TO COMMIT PERJURY
SUBSUME
INCLUDE UNDER A RULE
SUBVERSIVE
TENDING TO OVERTHROW OR RUIN
SUBVERT
TO UNDERMINE OR CORRUPT
SUMPTUOUS
LAVISH, SPLENDID
SUPERCILIOUS
DISDAINFUL; CHARACTERIZED BY HAUGHTY SCORN
SUPEREROGATORY
NONESSENTIAL
SUPINE
LYING ON THE BACK; SLOW TO ACT, PASSIVE
SUPPLIANT
ASKING HUMBLY, BESEECHING
SURFEIT
SATIATE, FEED TO FULNESS OR TO EXCESS
SWARTHY
HAVING A DARK COMPLEXION
SYBARITE
PERSON DEVOTED TO PLEASURE OR LUXURY
TABLE
TO REMOVE FROM CONSIDERATION
TABLEAU
VIVID DESCRIPTION, STRIKING INCIDENT OR SCENE
TAMP
TAP OR DRIVE DOWN BY REPEATED LIGHT BLOWS
TEMERITY
BOLDNESS, BRASHNESS, INTREPIDNESS
TEMPORIZE
AVOID COMMITTING ONESELF; GAIN TIME
TENDER
TO OFFER FORMALLY
TENDENTIOUS
BIASED, FAVORING A CERTAIN (OFTEN UNPOPULAR) POINT OF VIEW..
"a tendentious account of recent elections"
TESTINESS
WITNESS/EVIDENCE
THRALL
A SLAVE
THRENODY
A SAD POEM OR SONG
THROTTLE
STRANGLE
TOUT
TO SOLICIT CUSTOMERS, VOTES, OR PATRONAGE, ESPECIALLY IN A BRAZEN WAY
TRADUCE
TO EXPOSE TO CONTEMPT OR SHAME; TO REPRESENT AS BLAMABLE; TO
CALUMNIATE; TO VILIFY; TO DEFAME. . ”Not satisfied with expelling Shelley from their clique, the high school girls went on to traduce her by starting a series of vicious rumors.”
TRAMMEL
TO IMPEDE OR HAMPER
TREMULOUS
TREMBLING, QUIVERING, FEARFUL. TIMID
TROUNCE
TO BEAT SEVERELY. TO DEFEAT
TURPITUDE
WICKEDNESS, SHAMEFULNESS
UNASSUAGED
UNSATISFIED; NOT SOOTHED
UNCONSCIONABLE
UNSCRUPULOUS, SHOCKINGLY UNFAIR OR UNJUST
UNCTUOUS
OILY; BLAND; INSINCERELY SUAVE
UNEXCEPTIONABLE
ENTIRELY ACCEPTABLE; NOT OFFERING ANY BASIS FOR CRITICISM
UNGUENT
OINTMENT
UNINITIATED
NOT FAMILIAR WITH AN AREA OF STUDY
UNSTINTING
GENEROUS
UNTOWARD
UNFORTUNATE, INCONVENIENT, UNRULY, UNSEEMLY, TROUBLESOME
UNTRAMMELED
UNHAMPERED
UNWONTED
UNACCUSTOMED; UNUSUAL
UMBRAGE
OFFENSE, RESENTMENT “i took umbrage at his insults”
UPSHOT
OUTCOME; FINAL RESULT
UXORIOUS
EXCESSIVELY SUBMISSIVE OR DEVOTED TO ONE'S WIFE
URBANE
ELEGANT, REFINED IN MANNERS
VANTAGE
POSITION GIVING AN ADVANTAGE (SUCH AS A STRATEGIC POINT
VASSAL
IN FEUDALISM, ONE WHO HELD LAND OF A SUPERIOR LORD;
SUBORDINATE OR DEPENDENT
VENALITY
USE OF POSITION FOR PERSONAL GAIN
VERDIGRIS
GREEN COATING OR PATINA ON COPPER WHICH HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO
THE WEATHER
VERDURE
FRESH, RICH VEGETATION
VERISIMILAR
HAVING THE APPEARANCE OF TRUTH OR REALITY; PROBABLE OR LIKELY TO BE TRUE; PLAUSIBLE
VIAND
FOOD
VICISSITUDE
CHANGE (FROM GOOD TO BAD); CHANGE OF FORTUNE, UPS AND DOWNS
VINDICATE
TO SUPPORT OR MAINTAIN AS TRUE OR CORRECT; RELEASE FROM FAULT
VITIATE
TO MAKE VOID OR DESTROY; TO RENDER DEFECTIVE “It is conceivable that
an error could be so serious as to vitiate the entire body of the work.”
VITUPERATIVE
CONTAINING, OR CHARACTERIZED BY, ABUSE; SCOLDING "his vituperative
remarks about silly lady novelists"
VIGILANTE
ONE WHO WITHOUT AUTHORITY ASSUMES LAW ENFORCEMENT POWERS
VIGILANTE
ONE WHO WITHOUT AUTHORITY ASSUMES LAW ENFORCEMENT POWERS
VIRAGO
A LOUD, DOMINEERING WOMAN; A SCOLD OR NAG
VOLUBILITY
FLUENCY, VERBOSITY, EASY USE OF SPOKEN LANGUAGE
VOLUBLE
FLUENT
VOUCHSAFE
GRANT CONDESCENDINGLY; GUARANTEE
WAIF
HOMELESS CHILD OR ANIMAL
WANGLE
TUNNELS IN WHICH RABBITS LIVE; OVERCROWDED LIVING AREA; CROWDED CONDITIONS IN WHICH PEOPLE LIVE
WARREN
TUNNELS IN WHICH RABBITS LIVE; OVERCROWDED LIVING AREA; CROWDED CONDITIONS IN WHICH PEOPLE LIVE
WASPISH
RUDE, BEHAVING BADLY
WAYLAY
AMBUSH; LIE IN WAIT FOR AND ATTACK
WEND
TO GO, PROCEED
WHIT
SMALL AMOUNT; SMALLEST SPECK;
WILLOWY
FLEXIBLE; PLIANT; SLENDER;
WINDFALL
FALLEN FRUIT; UNEXPECTED LUCKY EVENT
WISPY
THIN; SLIGHT; BARELY DISCERNIBLE
WISTFUL
SADLY THOUGHTFUL (BECAUSE OF DESIRES OR MEMORIES); SADLY PENSIVE; VAGUELY LONGING
WONT
(THE STATED PERSON'S) HABIT OR CUSTOM; HABITUAL PROCEDURE;
(as choatic as the holidays are wont to be) (the poor man is wont to complain in
this harsh world)
WRANGLE
LOUD QUARREL
WRONGHEADED
STUBBORNLY WRONG
YARN
TALE, STORY; FIBERS FOR KNITTING
YEN
STRONG DESIRE; LONGING; URGE
YEOMAN
MAN OR FARMER OWNING SMALL ESTATE; MIDDLE-CLASS FARMER
YOKE
TO JOIN TOGETHER
ZEPHYR
GENTLE BREEZE; WEST WIND